Homeschool Field Trip Programs


A ride on the Discovery boat takes participants to an island for an extreme exploration experience. A naturalist will be onboard to share their knowledge of the most biologically diverse estuary in North America. Explorers will use seine nets and dip nets to discover and identify the animals found in the Indian River Lagoon.

9:30 am – 12:30 pm on the following Fridays:

March 19 
April 16 
May 28

Ages 4-18 | $24 per person
Minimum of 25 participants required for program to occur.
Students must be accompanied by an adult. Students AND adults must pay and register as participants.

To register…
Download our Education Program Registration Form and
book now

mdc boat by bob leclair


Venture out with the crew of Discovery for a 2-hour ecotour of the lagoon. During the tour, we will drop a trawl net* and bring aboard a variety of species for guests to view up close. This interactive, hands-on tour will be led by one of our certified naturalists who will share lots of interesting and fun facts about the creatures you meet. Come prepared to experience the lagoon in a new way!

Our Spring 2021 Creature Connections field trips have concluded.


Participants will explore the lagoon up close while leisurely paddling in a kayak. The journey will be led by an experienced kayak naturalist who will guide the students through an ecological lesson on the importance the lagoon. This awe-inspiring trip will not be easily forgotten and will instill an appreciation of nature.

Our Spring 2021 Kayak Adventure field trips have concluded.

For questions or additional info
, please contact Tess Sailor-Tynes at 386.428.4828 or
In addition to these field trips, we also have our monthly Science Enrichment Series

Listed below are the policies and procedures being implemented due to COVID-19:

Personal Protection : Requiring all staff, volunteers, visitors and student participants to wear a face covering during their program (except when eating, swimming or exercising). Please send your child with a sun buff or mask to wear during their education program.

Social Distancing : Physical distance of at least 6 feet (about 2 arms’ length) from other people will be encouraged throughout the education program.

Time Outdoors : Increased time outdoors. Please prepare your student to spend time in the Florida outdoors (rash guards, sun buffs/neck gaiters, sunglasses and hats) in order to protect your child from the sun. Participants should also bring a reusable water bottle.

Supplies : Supplies will be divided and assigned to each student (crayons, markers, scissors, glue, etc.) to use while they attend their education program.

Hand Washing : Hand washing for staff, volunteers and participants throughout the program for 20 seconds with soap and water. Please remind your child about the importance of washing hands, not touching their face and keeping their hands to themselves in order to reduce the possibility of spreading germs.

Cleaning : Cleaning and sanitizing indoor space and supplies multiple times a day.

Temperature Checks : Upon arrival, a MDC staff member will conduct a temperature check. If your child’s temperature is above 100.5 degrees Fahrenheit they will be retested a second time. If they test high a second time, they will be asked to go home and schedule a visit with a primary care physician. Note: All MDC staff and volunteers will also be required to have a daily temperature check.

Health Screening : A health screening must be completed and returned prior to your child’s education program. Please keep your child home if they are not feeling well.

Thank you for your understanding and cooperation in keeping our staff, volunteers, and your children/grandchildren safe and healthy while they are attending a MDC Education Program!

"To protect and restore the Florida coastal and Indian River Lagoon ecosystems
through education, research and community stewardship."